Early decompressive hemicraniectomy in fulminant herpes simplex encephalitis.

N. Maraite*, F. Mataigne, V. Pieri, T. Dang, N. J. Diederich

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Herpes encephalitis can be a life-threatening condition, despite early instauration of acyclovir treatment. In particular patients may succumb to rapidly progressive cerebral oedema. We report a 66-year patient with a Glasgow Coma Score (GCS) of 6 and incipient uncus herniation of the right temporal lobe on the third day. Decompressive hemicraniectomy was immediately performed. The long-term outcome was satisfactory with unassisted gait and a Barthel Index score of 70 after 9 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-133
Number of pages3
JournalBulletin de la Société des Sciences Médicales du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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